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Four Maiden Watch horses try stakes company this Saturday, Mine That Bird (Birdstone) and Oconee (Congaree) in the Silver Deputy at Woodbine, Renda (Medaglia d'Oro) in the Junior Champion Stakes at Monmouth, and Long Live Dixie (Peace Rules) in the Miss Shenandoah Stakes at Charles Town. Also results for Longandstrong (Birdstone) and Prolific (Medaglia d'Oro) and entries for Peace Reigns (Peace Rules) and One Perfect Karat (Pleasantly Perfect).

Only one result, as Steel Lucky (Congaree) was scratched from her race. That one was won by Hot Pistol.

Midtown Strong and Prolific

Smokey Fella went for the early lead, pursued by Midtown Bailey. Midtown Bailey took over in the stretch and drew clear. Our two did not have the cleanest starts, Longandstrong (Birdstone) was off slow and Prolific (Medaglia d'Oro) was bumped at the start. However, Longandstrong started moving up and made a big move wide on the turn. He did flatten out late, but had enough steam to claim second spot from Smokey Fella. Prolific ran fairly evenly after his bump, but did finish 4th.

Result: August 22, 2008 
Monmouth Park Race 4
Maiden Claiming

Midtown Bailey
Smokey Fella  


Equibase Chart

Mine That Oconee Bird in the Silver Deputy Stakes

August 23, 2008
Woodbine Race 4
Silver Deputy Stakes

6.5 furlongs
2 Year Olds
Post Time: 2:41 PM

P Horse
1. Mine That Bird
2. Encroachment
3. Dryden
4. Tashi
5. Oconee
6. War Lap

Mine That Bird (Birdstone – Mining My Own by Smart Strike) and Oconee (Congaree – Chenoa by Wild Again) meet for the second time in the Silver Deputy Stakes at Woodbine. Their previous meeting, on July 20, resulted in a victory for Oconee. Since that race, Mine That Bird earned his initial win at Woobine on August 4. Although this was a Maiden Claiming race, Mine That Bird displayed a professionalism that should serve him well. Oconee's dam was unraced, but she is a half-sister to four graded performers including Demaloot Demashoot who earned $574,825 and won or placed in 8 graded stakes. He also won 2 races as a 2-year old and finished 3rd in the Iroquois (gr. III) that same year. Congaree has produced two stakes winners, Congo Kaye and Zigaree, as well as stakes-placed For All Who Conga. Mine That Bird is the first foal out of the unraced mare, Mining My Own, who is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Golden Sunray. Three of Mining My Own's siblings won at 2. Birdstone has not had any stakes winners as yet, nor any repeat winners.

Other faces familiar to Maiden Watch include Tashi (Im Millennium Man - Zeta Love by Cherokee Fellow), who broke his maiden on July 18. Interestingly, 3rd in that race was Quebec City who broke his maiden in his next start on August 16. Tashi had previously finished 5th on June 22 and 7th on April 19. Tashi is the only winner for his sire, Im Millennium Man, who has just 3 named foals of racing age.

All three of War Lap's (War Chant - Indy Five Hundred by A. P. Indy) starts have been covered by Maiden Watch. He finished 3rd twice at Churchill Downs, on May 21 and June 14, before breaking through on the Woodbine turf on August 2. I thought he appeared to have a much better kick on the turf than on the dirt, but this will be his first try on the Polytrack.

The leading earner in the race is Dryden (Double Honor - Suave Lady by Line In The Sand) who finished 2nd in the Colin Stakes on July 19, after previously breaking his maiden on June 22. Both of his races were on the Woodbine Polytrack.

Encroachment (Snuck In - Illusive Partner by Regal Search) was a winner in his only start, a Maiden Claiming race on the Woodbine Polytrack on July 17.

Renda Dreaming on South Ocean Drive

August 23, 2008
Monmouth Race 7
Junior Champion Stakes

1 Mile Turf
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 3:45 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Lady Kafca
2. Innovative
3. South Ocean Drive
4. Maxinkuckee Miss
5. Renda
6. First Colony
7. Countess Seagrape
8. Glamorous Gal
9. Americas Dreaming

Renda (Medaglia d'Oro - Ten Carats by Capote) hopes the third stakes try is the charm, after 5th place finishes in both the Debutante (gr. III) and the Schuylerville (gr. III). Renda, who previously broke her maiden on May 31, tries the turf for the first time in this one. Renda is the 2nd foal out of the mare, Ten Carats who was stakes-placed on the turf. Ten Carats earned $131,855 and was also a debut winner at 2. Her first foal is a winner who earned $52,085. Medaglia d'Oro is the sire of stakes-placed Rachel Alexandra, who was 2nd in the Debutante (gr. III).

Glamorous Gal (Soto - Hitaway by Quiet American) is already a stakes winner on the turf, having won the Tippett Stakes at 5.5 furlongs at Colonial Downs on July 26. Previously, she had broken her maiden on July 4 after finishing 7th in her initial start on June 20. All her races have been at Colonial Downs. Overall, Glamorous Gal has earned $50,535. Glamorous Gal is by first-year sire Soto, who has also sired the stakes winner, Dance to the Star.

First Colony (Proud Citizen - Anagalia by Cherokee Colony) has made 4 starts, the last three on the Colonial Downs turf, including her maiden score on August 2. Overall, she has earned $30,190 and has never been worse than 4th.

Innovative (Johannesburg - Sparkler by Carson City) is a veteran of two turf starts, both at Colonial Downs. She finished 4th in her debut on July 4 and then won on August 2. Both of these races were at 5 furlongs.

South Ocean Drive (Drewman - Southern Wave by Southern Halo) broke her maiden in her first try, at 4.5 furlongs at Calder on May 26. Since that race, she was 5th in a Delaware allowance race on June 30 and 7th in the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth on August 2. All of South Ocean Drive's starts have been on the dirt and none has been farther than 5.5 furlongs. South Ocean Drive is a half-sister to 2 winners, one of which won on turf.

Maxinkuckee Miss (Langfuhr - Wini Jones by Seeking Gold) has started twice, finishing 2nd at Churchill Downs on July 6 and breaking her maiden at Monmouth on August 1 at a mile. Both of these races were on the dirt. She is a half-sister to two turf winners.

Finishing behind Maxinkuckee Miss in 3rd on August 1 was Countess Seagrape (Arch - Hunting Valley by Valley Crossing). Previously, Countess Seagrape was 4th in a 5 furlong race at Monmouth on July 20. Countess Seagrape's dam is a half-sister to 3 stakes winners.

Americas Dreaming (Statue of Liberty - Barnabas (ITY) by Slip Anchor (GB) makes her U.S. debut in the Junior Champion Stakes, after entering in scratching from several races at Saratoga which came off the turf. Americas Dreaming ran once in Ireland, finishing 2nd on April 19.

Lady Kafca (Kafwain - Southern Wildcat by Forest Wildcat) has run three times without winning. However, she did finish 2nd at a mile on the turf in her most recent effort at Delaware Park on August 5.

Long Live Dixie Hopes to be Miss Shenandoah

August 23, 2008
Charles Town Race 6
Miss Shenandoah Stakes

4.5 furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 9:15 PM

P Horse
1. Score One More
2. Long Live Dixie
3. Onearmedbandit
4. Chelsea Barton
5. Broadway Ellie
6. Vindy
7. Tamboz
8. Stay in Canada

Long Live Dixie (Peace Rules - Crafty Brat by Lucky Lionel) takes on the Miss Shenandoah Stakes on Juvenile Showcase day at Charles Town. Long Live Dixie broke her maiden at Monmouth in Maiden Claiming company on July 25, after finishing 3rd on May 30 and 7th on June 26. Long Live Dixie is the first foal out of the stakes winning mare, Crafty Brat, who earned $239,749. As a 2-year old, Crafty Brat started 9 times, recording 2 firsts and 3 seconds. Peace Rules has sired one stakes winner, the filly Trifecta King winner of the Cinderella Stakes.

The leading earner in the race Onearmedbandit (No Armistice - Court Tour by Polish Numbers) who has earned $75,960 while compiling a perfect 3-for-3 record. She won 2 allowance races at Delaware Park, after breaking her maiden at Laurel. However, she has never run at Charles Town.

One with plenty of Charles Town experience is Tamboz (Tapit - Winning Call by Deputy Minister), who broke her maiden there on August 2, after finishing 4th on July 10, and 3rd on June 19. Overall, she has earned $20,700. Tamboz is by freshman sire, Tapit who has sired 2 stakes-placed horses, Retap and Stardom Bound.

Stay in Canada (Canadian Frontier - Keepit to Yourself by Siphon (BRZ)), who is by freshman sire Canadian Bound, has faced Tamboz twice, finishing 2nd on July 10 and 3rd on August 2. Stay in Canada hopes to break her maiden her in the Miss Shenandoah Stakes. Canadian Frontier has not yet had any stakes performers or a winner.

Vindy (Vindication - Tricky Elaine by Grindstone) has done her running at Presque Isle Downs. She broke her maiden there on June 6, and then finished 2nd in an allowance race on July 10. Vindy, who has earned $28,400 in her short career, is out of a mare who is a half-sister to horse of the year, Favorite Trick. Favorite Trick was a perfect 8 for 8 at 2, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

Chelsea Barton (Honour and Glory - Ruby Rubles by Scarlet Ibis) won her only start, a Maiden Special Weight contest at Mountaineer on August 8.

Score One More (Even the Score - Snap to It by Honour and Glory) finished fourth in her only start, a Maiden Special Weight race at Philadelphia Park on July 22. She is by first-crop sire, Even the Score. Even the Score has sired one stakes winner, Enjoy the Score, who won the Donnie Wilhite Memorial Handicap at Laurel, after finishing 3rd in the Laurel Lane Stakes.

The field is completed by debut runner Broadway Ellie (Street Cry (IRE) - Marisa Go by Go and Go (IRE)). Broadway Ellie is the first foal out of the stakes winning mare, Marisa Go who earned $310,403.

Peace Reigns Dreams of Luck so Tapit Lightly

August 23, 2008
Louisiana Downs Race 7
Maiden Special Weight

5.5 furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 5:22 PM TVG

P Horse
1. Tapit Lightly
2. Executive Girl
3. Fresas and Cerveza
4. Another Hugger
5. Magic Shaw
6. Iwannabeastogie
7. Peace Reigns
8. Fire Happy
9. A. P. That's Me
10. Treetop Shock
11. Dreams of Luck
12. Kristys Gold Forum

Peace Reigns (Peace Rules - Diamond Dottie by Eagle Eyed) debuts at Louisiana Downs where she has been working regularly since mid-May. Peace Reigns is a half-sister to the winner, Prime Diamond, who has earned $89,072 through 2008. Peace Reigns' dam, Diamond Dottie, is a half-sister to 8 winners, including stakes winner Really Crafty. Peace Rules is the sire of 24 runners who have made 54 total starts, recording 12 wins, 6 seconds, 7 thirds, and $267,633.

Kristys Gold Forum (Open Forum - Golden Hurricane by Gold Fever), A. P. That's Me (Olmodavor - Winning Glory by Honour and Glory), and Fresas and Cerveza (Olmos - X O n' Strawberries by Hennessy) met on August 9 at Louisiana Downs, finishing 2nd, 4th, and 7th respectively. Golden Hurricane, dam of Kristys Gold Forum, was a stakes winner at 2 and 3 and has produced one winner from two to run. A. P. That's Me previously finished 4th on July 20, 5th on June 26, and 3rd on June 14, all at Louisiana Downs. He is by freshman sire, Olmodavor, whose 16 runners have made 32 total starts, recording 6 wins, 2 seconds, 10 thirds, and earnings of $130,962. A. P. That's Me is out of a stakes-placed mare who has produced the winner, Maduro. Fresas and Cerveza is a full-sister to stakes-placed Fresa Margarita.

Another Hugger (Valid Belfast - Jewels N Jade by Jade Hunter) is a veteran of 4 races. Her most recent effort, a 2nd on August 2, was one of her best. Previously, she finished 11th on July 3, 2nd on June 14, and 5th on May 24. All her races were Maiden Special Weight races at Louisiana Downs. Jewels N Jade, dam of Another Hugger, was a winner at 2, and is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Count Fax.

Finishing 3rd in her only start, a Maiden Special Weight contest on June 26, was Executive Girl (Cape Canaveral - Peaking Diablo by Diablo). Executive Girl is the first foal out of a mare who was a winner at 2, and who is a half-sister to 2 winners and a full-sister to stakes-placed Diablo's Peak.

Magic Shaw (Scrimshaw - Meli Magic by Sovereign Dancer), by freshman sire Scrimshaw, finished 4th in her only start, a Maiden Special Weight race at Evangeline Downs on August 2. Scrimshaw's 15 runners have made 39 total starts with 5 wins, 6 seconds, 7 thirds, and earnings of $124,471. Meli Magic, dam of Magic Shaw, was a winner and has produced 6 winners, including stakes winner Gigi's Magic. Gigi's Magic, who was also stakes-placed at 2, earned $148,220 in her career.

Another with one race of experience is Iwannabeastogie (Erlton - Iwannabeacigar by Country Light), who finished 8th in a Maiden Claiming race at Louisiana Downs on July 26. Iwannabeastogie is out of a winning mare who has produced the stakes winner, Leestown Light. Leestown Light won stakes at 2 and 5 and has earned $238,610 through 2008.

The field is completed by three more debut runners.

Tapit Lightly (Tapit - Lady in Power by Defensive Play), who sold for $20,000 as a yearling, is by first-crop sire Tapit. Tapit's 23 runners have made 49 total starts, recording 7 wins, 12 seconds, 7 thirds, and $270,027. Lady in Power, dam of Tapit Lightly, was a winner and has produced 3 winners from 3 to run, including stakes winner Grace and Power. Grace and Power was a debut winner at 2, and won the Holly Stakes in her 2nd start. She has earned $247,792 through 2008.

Treetop Shock (Forestry - Electric Shock by Cure the Blues) is out of a mare who was a stakes winner at 2, and stakes-placed at 3 while earning $134,100. Treetop Shock is a half-sister to 3 winners, 2 of which won at 2.

The dam of Dreams of Luck (Best of Luck - Phone Dreamer by Phone Trick) was a winner and is a half-sister to 8 winners.

One Perfect Karat Seeks Speedin Victory Dance(r)

August 23, 2008
Del Mar Race 4
Maiden Special Weight

6 furlongs
2 Year Old Fillies
Post Time: 6:30 PM

P Horse
1. Speedin Excess
2. Alex B. Good
3. One Perfect Karat
4. Costa Marta
5. Victory Dancer
6. Plaza Queen
7. Righteously
8. Unzip Me
9. Raining Money
10. Ocean Style
11. Boehle

One Perfect Karat (Pleasantly Perfect - Golden Fanfare by Seeking the Gold) returns after starting slow, and finishing 3rd in her debut at Del Mar on July 25. Since that race, she has had two works at Del Mar (including one gate work). Golden Fanfare, dam of One Perfect Karat, is a daughter of Jeanne Jones who won or placed in 6 graded stakes, including a win in the Fantasy (gr. I) and seconds in the Kentucky and Santa Anita Oaks (both gr. I). As a 2-year old, Jeanne Jones was a debut winner, and was stakes-placed including a second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenille Fillies (gr. I). Golden Fanfare is a half- or full-sister to 6 winners. Pleasantly Perfect's 9 runners have made 16 total starts, recording 2 wins, 2 seconds, 4 thirds, and $91,255.

Also coming out of the July 25 race are Victory Dancer (Victory Gallop - Devil's Nell by Devil's Bag), who was 2nd, Costa Marta (Bertrando - Sidestepping by Moscow Ballet), who was 4th, Boehle (Atticus - Jade Fox by Dayjur), 7th, and Alex B. Good (High Demand - Brilliant Thunder by Thunder Gulch), 8th. Victory Dancer, who previously finished 2nd at Hollywood Park on June 22, sold for $170,000 as a 2-year old. She is out of a stakes-placed mare who was also a 2-year old debut winner. Victory Dancer is a half-sister to 4 winners, including grade III stakes winner Kiss the Devil who earned $381,629. Costa Marta is the first foal out of a winning mare who is a half-sister to 7 winners including 2-year old stakes winner, Service Term. Boehle, who most recently finished 6th at Del Mar on August 6, is the 2nd foal out of a 2-year old winning mare who is a half-sister to 4 winners. Alex B. Good, who previously finished 6th at Hollywood Park on June 29, is a half-sister to stakes winner Swiss Current who has earned $268,266 through 2008. As a 2-year old, Swiss Current finished 2nd in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes.

The remaining horses are making their debuts, including Plaza Queen (Popular - Queen Nichole by Lost Code). Plaza Queen is by first-year stallion, Popular whose 3 runners have made 9 total starts, recording 1 win, 2 seconds, and 1 third. Plaza Queen is the 2nd foal out of a mare who was a 2-year old winner and who is a half-sister to 3 winners.

Another by a first-crop sire is Righteously (Olmodavor - Right Direction by West by West), by Olmodavor. Olmodavor is the sire of 16 runners, who have made 32 total starts, recording 6 wins, 2 seconds, 10 thirds, and earnings of $130,962. Righteously is the first foal out of the mare, Right Direction, who earned $103,487 in a 27 race career.

Speedin Excess (In Excess (IRE) - Danish Dessert by Regal Classic), who sold for $25,000 as a yearling, is out of the winning mare, Danish Dessert. Danish Dessert has produced 4 winners from 4 to run, including one 2-year old winner.

Unzip Me (City Zip - Escape With Me by Arazi) is the 2nd foal out of a winning mare who is a daughter of grade III stakes winner Soviet Problem. Soviet Problem, who earned $905,546, was also a debut winner at 2 and finished 2nd in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

Raining Money (Redattore (BRZ) - Money Maker by Caucasus) is a half-sister to 4 winners, including one 2-year old winner.

Some Style, dam of Ocean Style (Ocean Sound (IRE) - Some Style (IRE) by Fayruz (GB)) was a winner at 2 and has produced the winner, Atticus in Style.

News and Notes

Guadalcanal finished fifth in his allowance race at Saratoga, August 22 (almost said, his first try against winners, ooops forgot the Belmont). He had a bit of traffic trouble, but no real excuses. Good Request and Hidden Glance were separated by a nose at the end, nice looking horses both. Interestingly, Guadalcanal was the only runner not on Lasix.

2-Year Old Works

New to this blog

August 22

Bird Island (colt; Birdstone - Del Rae by Formal Gold) worked 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs in :53.40. Bird Island is the first foal out of a mare who won at 2 (and 3) and who is a half-sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner, Minery.

Working 3 furlongs at Fair Hill in :36.20 was Shared Account (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Silk n'Sapphire by Smart Strike). Shared Account, who sold for $170,000 as a yearling, is out of the winning mare, Silk n'Sapphire. Silk n'Sapphire is the dam of Mark of Success who was 2 for 2 at 2 and finished 2nd in the Risen Star (gr. III) at 3.

Working 6 furlongs from the gate at Saratoga in 1:15.04 was Belle Jour (filly; Smarty Jones - Sky Legend by Deputy Minister). Belle Jour has run once, finishing 5th at Saratoga on August 10. She is a half-sister to Desert Queen, a winner at 2 who has earned $79,148 through 2008.

Returning to the WorkTab (horses previously mentioned in this blog)

August 22

Livin Lovin (filly; Birdstone - Nurse Margaret by Captain Bodgit) - Delaware Park, 4 furlongs (gate), :49.20.

Normansbirdie (filly; Birdstone - She's a Cool Cat by Mountain Cat) - Calder, 5 furlongs (gate), 1:03.60 (muddy).

Stone Skipper (colt; Birdstone - Anna K. by Boston Harbor) - Louisiana Downs, 4 furlongs, :48.40.

Ambraw (colt; Congaree - Fabulous Flight by Flying Continental) - Churchill Downs, 5 furlongs, 1:02.60.

Toxaway (filly; Congaree - Doradoradora by Runaway Groom) - Remington Park, 4 furlongs, :49.88.

Fiesta d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Ionian Bride by Icecapade) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :49.63.

Hug It Out (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Dazzling Contrast by General Meeting) - Arlington, 4 furlongs, :49.40.

Maraschino Red (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Irish Cherry by Irish Open) - Saratoga, 3 furlongs, :36.94.

Payton d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Jealous and Jaded by Jade Hunter) - Delaware Park, 5 furlongs, 1:00.60.

Pearl of Valor (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Maderia M'dear by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) - Saratoga, 5 furlongs, 1:03.22.

Maggie Rules (filly; Peace Rules - Maggies Pistol by Big Pistol) - Saratoga, 4 furlongs, :51.24.

Rumble King (colt; Peace Rules - Calliope's Spirt by Star de Naskra) - Finger Lakes, 4 furlongs, :48.80.

Sweet Kristen (filly; Peace Rules - Puddy Cat by Mountain Cat) - Calder, 4 furlongs, :49.40.

Mindy Sue (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Drifa by Tabasco Cat) - Arlington, 4 furlongs, :49.00.

Cottage Industry (filly; Saarland - Act Stormy by Storm Creek) - Saratoga, 3 furlongs, :37.00.

Goldshaft (colt; Smarty Jones - Mimi's Golden Girl by Seeking the Gold) - Fair Hill, 4 furlongs, :51.40.

Hey Smarty (colt; Smarty Jones - Miss Seffens by Dehere) - Louisiana Downs, 5 furlongs (gate), 1:00.40.

Smart N Lonely (filly; Smarty Jones - Lonely Girl by Relaunch) - Del Mar, 4 furlongs, :48.80.

Adastraperaspera (filly; Speightstown - Miss Turlington by Seattle Slew) - Belmont Park, 4 furlongs, :49.27.

Cabaret Cowboy (colt; Speightstown - Pent Up Kiss by Pentelicus) - Saratoga, 5 furlongs, 1:02.66.

Country Day (colt; Speightstown - Hidden Assets by Mt. Livermore) - Churchill Downs, 3 furlongs, :37.00.

Fufty Too (colt; Speightstown - Cape North by Capote) - Arlington Park, 5 furlongs, 1:01.00.

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